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John Arne Riise

John Arne Riise
Complete Name: John Arne Riise
Nationality: Norwegian
Place of Birth: Molde, Norway
Date of Birth: 24/09/1980
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 78 kg
National Team: Norway- A, U21, U19, U18, U17, U16
Current club: Liverpool FC (England)
Position: Left Back,Left Midfielder

John Arne Riise Career

Aalesunds FK (Norway), AS Monaco (France), Liverpool FC (England)

John Arne Riise Honours


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John Arne Riise (born September 24, 1980 in Molde) is a Norwegian football player who currently plays for Liverpool F.C. He has earlier played for AS Monaco and Aalesunds F.K.

Riise made his debut for Liverpool in the European Super Cup game against Bayern Munich in September 2001. He scored a tap-in in the first half from a Michael Owen cross. Liverpool went on to win the game 3-2, after leading it 3-0. Riise initially wore the number 18 shirt, but as from the 2004-2005 season, wears the number 6 shirt, vacated by Markus Babbel.

He went on to score a brilliant solo effort in the Merseyside derby on the immediate Saturday following the September 11 atrocities at Goodison Park. Liverpool won the game 3-1.

In that season of 2001-2002, he finished with 10 goals in total for the club, an admirable return for a player who played at left full-back on many occasions during the season.

Some of his other more memorable goals have been:

vs Manchester United: he scored a 20-yard free-kick on the 4 November 2001. The goal was so exceptional that Liverpool fans still sing a song about it in his honour.
vs Arsenal: Liverpool were enduring a poor run of results and were 1-0 down to Arsenal. A superb through-ball from Steven Gerrard allowed Riise the chance to score from a one-on-one with Richard Wright. He produced a very cool finish under pressure.
vs Ipswich: Riise scored two early goals in this game which came on the last day of the 2001-2002 season. Whilst the goals were of doubtless quality, they are probably considered most important because Liverpool needed to win the match to ensure a second-place finish in the Premiership. They went on to do just that with a 5-0 win.

Riise is renowned for his shooting power on his favoured left foot and excellent stamina.

He endured what were considered below-average seasons by most in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004, but seems to have rediscovered his form and confidence in the 2004-2005 season, following the appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager.

During the 2003-2004 season Riise has played an important part in Liverpool's season, his acheivements include scoring a vital first goal against Charlton at Anfield, an impressive brace against West Bromwich Albion away, and a fantastic volley in the Carling Cup Final against Chelsea after just forty-three seconds, although Liverpool eventually lost the Final 3-2 AET.

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